Joe Arpaio, the previous sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, filed a libel lawsuit on Tuesday in opposition to The New York Occasions and a member of its editorial board, in search of $147.5 million in damages for an opinion piece which contained “a number of false, defamatory factual assertions,” Fox News reported.
The Times op-ed, written by Michelle Cottle and revealed on Aug. 29, condemned Arpaio for his stance on immigration and referred to him as “a really sadistic man.”
Titled “Effectively, at Least Sheriff Joe Is not Going to Congress,” the column appeared after Arpaio misplaced in Arizona’s Republican main for the U.S. Senate.
“Solid apart and left to wallow within the data that his second has handed, he has a becoming finish to the general public lifetime of a real American villain,” Cottle wrote.
Within the grievance filed in U.S. District Courtroom for the District of Columbia, Arpaio stated the article was “fastidiously and maliciously calculated to break and injure” his repute and interfered with the flexibility to safe funding from donors for his meant run for Sen. John McCain’s seat in 2020, which is presently held by Sen. Jon Kyle, Politico reported.
Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Occasions, stated the newspaper would “vigorously defend in opposition to the lawsuit.”